University of Maryland School of Law,
Baltimore, MD

Juris Doctor, with honors, May 2004

Journal: University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class Staff Editor, 2002-2003; Articles Editor, 2003-2004

Book Review: Narrowing The Nation’s Power: The Supreme Court Sides with the States, 3 MARGINS  L.J. 167 (2003)                                         

The College of William and Mary,
Williamsburg, VA 

Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Government, May 1997   


Office  of the Public Defender
Assistant  Public Defender, 2006-2011

     Appellate Division, Baltimore,  MD

Evaluated criminal and childin need of assistance cases for appellate issues to be  raised in the Court of Special Appeals and Court of Appeals. Met with and maintained contact with all clients. Responsible for conducting extensive legal research and writing and editing briefs for all cases. Determined whether to argue cases in the Court of Special Appeals. Argued twelve cases in the Court of Special Appeals and four cases in the Court of Appeals.

     Trial Division, Frederick, MD

Responsible for handling all aspects of criminal and incarcerable traffic cases in District and Circuit Court.  Represented clients in seven jury trials and prepared extensively for approximately two dozen others. Conducted extensive research regarding suppression, sufficiency of the evidence and other issues.
Honorable Donald E. Beachley;  Honorable John H. McDowell; Honorable Fred C. Wright
Circuit Court for Washington County, Hagerstown MD
Judicial Law Clerk, 2004-2006

Conducted extensive research and drafted memoranda in many areas of law including inmate litigation, zoning and other administrative appeals, contract, discovery disputes and civil procedure. Attended and assisted with numerous civil and criminal trials.

 Travelers Insurance,Baltimore, MD
Environmental Claims Adjuster, 1997-2001

Managed environmental claims involving asbestos, pollution, and hazardous waste. Investigated claims regarding coverage, liability, causation, and damage issues. Reviewed insurance policies and provided written coverage  determinations to policyholders. Collaborated on all aspects of litigation including: reviewing discovery, evaluating liability, and negotiating settlements.


Tatem v. State, 419 Md. 630, 20 A.3d 105 (2011); Sanders v. State, 418 Md. 368, 14 A.3d 1163 (2011); Sanders v. State, 194 Md.App. 162, 4 A.3d 1 (2010); In re Shirley B., 419 Md. 1, 18 A.3d 40 (2011); In re Shirley B., 191 Md.App. 678, 993 A.2d 675 (2010); Palmer v. State, 193 Md.App. 522, 998 A.2d 361 (2010); Church v. State, 408 Md. 650, 971 A.2d 280 (2009).


Maryland, 2004

United States District Court for the District of Maryland, 2005

Supreme Court of the United States, 2009

United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2011